Druha Trava returns to the US

August 21, 2009

The legendary Czech band Druha Trava returns to America in September for its first U.S. tour since 2007. Druha Trava made the US news when they "opened" for US President Obama in Prague before Obama addressed the Czech people at the Prague Castle in April of 2009. Click here for a full list of tour dates.

Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava will play venues in Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Texas, California, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.

"We’re excited to be coming back to the U.S.," said DT’s banjo virtuoso Lubos Malina. "We miss our fans and our friends."

The winner of numerous Czech Music awards, DT gained new international renown this year when it was chosen to play a one-hour set outside Prague Castle during President Obama’s visit to the Czech capital in April.

National Public Radio correspondent Don Gonyea raved over DT singer/songwriter Robert Krestan’s versions of Bob Dylan songs -- sung in Czech -- from the group’s 2007 Dylanovky CD.

DT comes to the U.S. with new material and new energy, fresh from recent European tours with American banjo legend Tony Trischka and Charlie McCoy, the harmonica wizard who was recently named a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

They bring new CDs including Dylanovky and a brand new CD issue of DT’s 1991 first album, Robert Krestan & Druha Trava, which has been completely re-mastered and re-released with 5 bonus tracks.

"Much of this material hasn’t been heard in the U.S. before, and we’ll be performing some of the tracks on tour," said Malina.

Also, for the first time, new English translations of 10 of Robert Krestan’s songs will be made available, posted on the band’s U.S. web site
click here for lyrics.

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